About Us

3650 E. William St. Road
Decatur, IL 62521
217-429-8889

Our History

Matt Kuzel founded Kurent Safety & Industrial Supply in 2000.  Prior to starting the company, Matt served in the military and held various safety director positions that led to significant decreases in accidents and injuries.  He gained perspective on the benefits of a safety culture for employees and their employers.  Workers stay safe on the job knowing they are in an environment that puts a priority on their safety, while employers avoid financial losses associated with absenteeism and workers compensation claims.

Through these experiences, Matt discovered there were plenty of businesses that simply sell equipment, but they weren't always staffed with knowledgeable people with real-life safety experience.  He started Kurent Safety to address the need for top-of-the-line supplies and people who can consult with those in the field about the best solutions for their unique challenges.  Kurent also provides contractual services to companies who don't have an in-house safety expert - all with the goal of promoting a culture of safety in the workplace.

Matt is a veteran of the U.S. Army and spent 14 years as a medic with the Illinois National Guard.  He comes from a proud military family.  His father, brother, grandparents, and extended family have either served or are serving on active duty in the military.

Kurent Safety & Industrial Supply is a Veteran owned small Business (VOSB).

Today, the company employs 14 full time employees and carries thousands of safety products and equipment.

We are committed to being your most trusted resource for Businesses that need safety supplies such as Manufacturing, Construction, Medical Fields and even Individuals.

Please let us know how we can help you!

Meet Our Team


Matt Kuzel 
Owner / Manager

mrkuzel@kurentsafety.com

Matt started Kurent Safety back in 2000 based on his passion for people and helping them realize their purpose. He is active in his church, a former volunteer community fireman, and medic the IL National Guard. He enjoys family time, SCUBA diving and helping people.


Chris Gadberry 
Assistant Manager

chrisgadberry@kurentsafety.com

Chris joined the Kurent Safety team in the spring of 2018. Serving people has always been a passion for Chris. From serving in her church and on Great Banquet teams, to anywhere God calls her to serve, and helping to keep everyone safe. The Kurent Safety team has been an awesome fit for her!


Richard Simons
Purchasing & Logistics Manager

richsimons@kurentsafety.com

Rich joined Kurent Safety as the Purchasing Manager in February of 2019 bringing over ten years of purchasing, warehouse and materials management experience to the team. He moved to the area from St. Louis, MO in 2018. Rich has a daughter who lives in Alaska, working for the Red Cross. He enjoys playing sports, concerts, travel, adventuring and exploring the waterways and trails of Illinois in his time away from Kurent. 


Melodie Keown
Assistant Purchasing Manager

melodiek@kurentsafety.com

Melodie joined Kurent Safety as Assistant Purchasing Manager in September of 2019.   She brings a vast knowledge of both manufacturing and industrial distribution from her 25 years at S&K Acquisition Corporation, dba S&K Air Power and her 15 years at U.S. Industrial Chemicals in Tuscola, IL where she worked in the purchasing department as typist, steno clerk, expediter and buyer.  She focuses on team building, vendor relationships, and customer service and has achieved positive results by maintaining strong personal and professional values. Melodie grew up on a farm north of Atwood, Illinois and later settled in Charleston where she lived 39 years until she and her husband Brian relocated to Decatur in October 2019.  She has three step children and five step grand children who all live in Arizona.  When she isn’t here at Kurent you’ll find her fulfilling her passions for gardening & singing Praise and Worship music all while giving God the glory for her many blessings. 

 

Jim Wesch
Outside Sales

Jim_Wesch@kurentsafety.com

Jim joined Kurent Safety in the Fall of 2019. He brings 40 years of experience in the field of construction and industrial tooling. He was born and grew up on a family farm in the Arcola area. Continued to live in the Arcola area until three years ago then moved to Tuscola, Illinois. Both Jim and his wife Connie really enjoy Tuscola, from their church to the neighborhood and entire community. Jim and his wife have four kids which are located now in four different states. Jim and Connie recently became grandparents for the first time this past July 2019. Jim enjoys grilling in the summer along with fishing, bicycle riding and anything outdoors.


Kevin Hohlbauch
Inside Sales Manager

KevinH@kurentsafety.com

Kevin came to Kurent Safety with over 20 years of experience in the industrial tool distribution field where he worked in a warehouse, as an inside salesman, an outside salesman, & operations manager.  He has been very active in the Arcola school system coaching junior high boys basketball from 2002 – 2011 at which time he took on the role of the junior high girls basketball coach until 2015 moving to coach of the high school girls basketball team.  
Kevin has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jill since 2000.  Kevin and Jill have two daughters (KayLee & Keira) and 1 son (Kaden) who all enjoy watching and playing a variety of sports.  Their daughters have played travel softball (along with other school sports) since they were 8 & with their son Kaden’s involvement with baseball this family tends to spend most of June and July at the ball diamonds. 
When they have free time (what’s that?? With all these sports) this active family loves spending time traveling with friends and family but their favorite place to travel to (having been 6 times since 2000) is Disney World.

 

Jeff Miller
Inside Sales Representitive

JeffMiller@kurentsafety.com

Jeff joined our team in July 2020.  He has nearly five years in industrial sales and 30 in the food industry.  He's been Married to his lovely bride, Jan going on 32 years in September 2020.  They have two Sons, Matt (resides in Ohio) and Brock (resides in Florida).  They have two furbabies, who are Siberian Huskies named Cooper and Ruby.  In his leisure time, he enjoys time with his family, dogs, and plays golf. 

 

Missy Norris
Inside Sales Representative 

Customerservice@kurentsafety.com

Missy joined our Kurent family in April of 2021 and comes with over 15 years of experience serving people in the field of customer service and retail management.  This experience was born out of her love of helping people which made this type of career just perfect for her.

Missy grew up in Taylorville and has lived there for most of her life.  She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Rick, her cranky cat, three kids and her five beautiful grandchildren.

 

Bob Hill
Regional Sales & Service Representative 

Bob_Hill@kurentsafety.com

Kurent Safety is excited to welcome Bob Hill to our team.  Bob has been in the Industrial & Safety markets for 28 years, spending the last 23 years in Outside Sales. When Bob isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors. Bob and his partner Becky have been together for 11 years and their kids Pierce & Zoey keep them busy. Bob is also an avid hunter. He and Becky also enjoy camping and taking their boat out fishing. Bob has lived in the Peoria area for 49 years, and retired from the Peoria Heights Fire Dept. in 2020 with 29 years of service obtaining the rank of Deputy Chief. 

Bob serves those in the Peoria & surrounding area and is always more than happy to help in any way possible.  

 

Lisa Botts
Accounting

Accounting@kurentsafety.com

Lisa joined the Kurent Safety team September of 2021 bringing 20 years of administrative experience with highlights in customer service, bookkeeping, payroll and insurance, as well as eight years in the medical field. As a former missionary, Lisa was able to serve others across the United States and several countries overseas. She enjoys time spent with family, traveling, kayaking, movies, writing projects, and music.


Ryan Huff
Marketing and Advertising

ryanh@kurentsafety.com

Ryan joined our team in the spring of 2020. He grew up near Champaign-Urbana and has resided in the area most of his life. Ryan married his wife, Brittany, in late 2019 and they have two adorable rescue cats named Leia and Rey. When Ryan isn’t at Kurent, he is enjoying the outdoors by hiking, hammocking, or going on walks with his wife. Ryan also enjoys photography, videography, and going to historical places with his wife.

 

Daniel Stephens
Warehouse Lead

Daniel joined Kurent Safety team Summer 2021 as warehouse lead. He has been married since 2014. Daniel and Jayna have two daughters Nova and Ava.  He enjoys serving his community by being on the board of the JFL league while coaching JFL and his daughters sports team. He is excited to be part of the Kurent family.


Dave Lillpop
Warehouse

Dave joined the Kurent Safety family in the spring of 2016 and has since realized that the need for safety equipment is important in all industries as well as at home. Dave has a long background in Agriculture. From growing up and working on the family farm to many years in the farm machinery industry. To be a part of an organization that has a mission to keep people safe brings Dave a sense of purpose and he is pleased to be able to serve.


Dale Schmutzler
Warehouse

Dale joined our team in 2016. When he is not making deliveries or shipping orders to customers you can probably find him at a lake with a fishing line in the water. Dale has two sons for whom is very proud and is joyful for the fact that they share his faith in the Lord. He also has an adorable cat named Ted.


Dusty Clevenger
Strategy & Business Development

Dusty is a business growth catalyst and enjoys bringing strategic clarity and focus to growing organizations. He has worked primarily in the agricultural industry with ADM, Gavilon and Agspring.




Chuck Pirie
President, Safety Made Simple

Chuck is passionate about safety and brings more than 30 years experience in the industry. He is a respected safety consultant and started Safety Made Simple, an online safety training system, in 2013.